All the religions teach equality and brotherhood among all human beings. But it has been experienced over the time that the some interfaith marriages become successful and end in divorce or separation of the couple. Whatever may the reason, the separation and divorce is always painful and must be avoided.
Here some do’s and don’ts for interfaith couple to make a happy marriage.
Be Spiritually Matured
Be spiritual and religious are two different things. The meaning of being spiritually matured is that you don’t believe in the evils of your religion and respect all the religions equally. Actually, the religion is the way to attain spirituality. So, interfaith couples should be spiritually matured and should not hate the religion of their spouse. To make their marriage successful like same faith marriages, they may attend the worship or prayers of other spouse.
Be it your wedding ceremony or other wedding ceremony event, the spouses of interfaith marriages is less satisfied or unhappy when they are not tolerant. If you are tolerant, you will not face any problem. The education and nurturing of your children will also not pose a problem.
Don’t Discuss Religions
It is highly recommended for interfaith couples to not discuss or argue about the religions of the other. At the same time, they should avoid praising their own religions without any reason and with the intention to hurt the feeling of other spouse. Have a secular approach towards life.
Remember that after marriage, you are not two individuals from different faiths; rather you are a single soul with same spirituality. So, maintaining the intimacy in the marriage will not annoy the Gods of different religions or faiths.
Find Common Values
The common values are like the heart and brain for the interfaith couples. When you explore core values of each other, you will find that to deepen your relationship, you need to deepen the understanding of your faith traditions. You may find avoiding cultural baggage and dogmatic languages a struggle; but you will discover the universal religious principles that are found in both traditions. There is no doubt that worship method differs, but the heart remains the same. Your faith journeys will become very beautiful and you will strengthen your path with the help of other.
You must know that the religious life is a dynamic adventure. You must learn to grow together. You can’t remain the same person all the times. The growth is inevitable and you must be along with it.
Maintain Trust and Faith
The trust and faith is oxygen on which all the relationships. The same is applicable for interfaith couples. Let it be any reason and how odd circumstances be, not let you faith and trust be loose.
If you do these, you will not find the interfaith marriage a risky one. So go ahead with aim of shared growth and joy, it is sure you will overcome all the challenges. Have rich experiences of faiths, religions, spiritual practices and communities; you will have power to change the tides.